We got married in Michigan, live in DC and honeymooned on a cruise that left out of Florida. Our logistics went as follows:
12pm – (then) Fiance and best man drop luggage off at hotel downtown and do early check in
2pm – pictures start
5pm – ceremony
6pm – reception
10pm – Sparkler send-off
10:15pm – we get into the chauffered (by my Father-In-Law – supposed to be an uncle but there was a last minute change for some reasons that aren’t relevant; either way, I don’t recommend having your Father-In-Law drive you to the hotel, it’s awkward) car, he drops us off at a nice hotel downtown
10:35pm – arrive at hotel, go upstairs, shower, crash
7am – get up, shower (again, yes, it was a freaking nice shower!), eat breakfast
8am – Father-In-Law picks us up, takes my dress (which is now at my mom’s house), drops us off at the airport
10am flight to Florida
We stayed one night in a hotel in Florida, and then got on the cruise the next day (2nd day after the wedding). post-cruise, we flew home to DC from Florida directly.
The biggest downside for us was that we left so early the morning after the wedding, and live far enough away, that my parents opened all of our gifts for us, and wrote a list (yay google docs!) of who gave us what. My mom deposited all the money into my bank account for me, and the rest we’ll get when they drive down to visit us sometime this winter/spring. My dad made us a bed as a gift, so they were going to come down anyway.
BUT I highly recommend staying your first night (or two) in a nice hotel that’s local – and then leave for the honeymoon. I know some folks who got on a plane the same night as their reception, and they have generally said it was exhausting.
I also highly recommend checking your stuff into the hotel early – it saved a lot of stress over getting our suitcases from my house to the rental car, etc. I just had to keep out anything I wanted for getting ready and the wedding, and had a small tote that my Maid/Matron of Honor took care of for me. I assume she gave it to Mother-In-Law or somebody before the ceremony (maybe during pictures?) to put in the car, because it was gone after pictures were done, and waiting in the car.